I passed by a bar
Near my granny’s house
Then I saw two men
Talking about their spouses, divorces, desires and how they’ve retired from their jobs.
Of course I was on my way to the nearby boutique
To buy sugar and honey for my granny but it’s funny how I got stuck to hear their conversation
The man with a few grey hairs surrounding the bold Patch on his head sitting in the chair
Started reminiscing about his daughter
“Yes, I remember it like it was yesterday
Holding her in my arms
Telling my neighbours that my life will never be same
But what irritates me most is that as she grew
She started developing a habit of smoking, drinking and having sex with every man in the hood
Whenever I told her she was on the loose
She told me I was a fool, so I kept it cool.
Do you know the aftermath of all this?
We found she was HIV positive and because of depression and not taking medicine
Last month we buried her
But what breaks my heart most is that she was the only child
I know this is hard to understand and so sad to comprehend isn’t brother?”
Yeah, Sorry for the loss brother.
“What happened to me, can also happen to you brother
Take care and talk to your children about their maturity and don’t prison them with your commands
Instead try to understand them
Children and parents need to help and understand each other for a better family”.
BY OBED SHYAKA